Heavy Duty Dash Cams

Dashcams are becoming more and more popular with the transportation industry. These devices are a solid investment for many reasons.

First, because they provide evidence and information to authorities in the event of a crash. This can be very helpful in reducing your liability and protecting your driving record.

Second, dash cams provide helpful feedback and information for businesses and drivers. The devices we carry at Walco Radio are designed to give you information about the road behind, your cargo loading and unloading. This can be of great value in the event inventory is missing or damaged.

At Walco we carry BlackVue heavy duty dash cameras. The image is HD and designed for the transportation industry. Recreational units do not have the durability needed for commercial purposes.

The unit is a waterproof and infrared rear camera which is connected to the front via 49ft of video cable. It also has built in wifi and GPS via the app. Further, these devices have impact and motion detection.

Have questions? We would love to answer them. We also install dash cams!

 

Electronic Logging Devices

Many of our customers are in the transportation industry, as a result we have been aware of rumblings about Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) for several years. These devices are required in the USA. Thus, there has been long discussion about creating aligning regulations.

The time has finally come. On December 16, 2017, the Government of Canada issued a formal statement to amend the Motor Vehicle Transport Act.

The reasoning for adopting ELD system is tampering and lack of verification safeguards with the current system of recording HOS. Violations are generally to extend drive time, which is noted as a serious health and safety concern, as fatigue is associated with 15% to 20% of crashes in transportation.

Exemptions:

  • commercial motor vehicles that are being operated under a permit issued pursuant to the Regulations by a provincial or territorial HOS director or under a statutory exemption,
  • commercial motor vehicles that are subject to rental agreements for a term of 30 days or less,
  • commercial motor vehicles that were manufactured before the year 2000.

Timing:

The statement discusses the option of a one or two-year phase in. Consultation with the transportation industry suggests a two-year phase in to allow for companies to absorb the costs and train staff.

There is a further note regarding grandfathering of ERD’s. This note states that ERD’s used by existing companies may be excepted for a further 2 years, in addition to the two-year implementation. Thus extending the date to 4 years.

Generally, those in the industry suggest these requirements will become active anywhere in the next two years.

Device Requirements:

The devices have certain specific requirements. The Government has issued proposed standards in a 61 page document.

 

It will be interesting to see how these changes roll out, and the impact on the transportation industry. As Walco, we are eager to understand changes that impact our customers and their businesses. As always, we are eager to assist with questions and installations!

 

February Feature: IC-F5023H Land Mobile VHF Radio

Amazing features, performance and value for the everyday user. Plus, Walco offers free programming at time of purchase! 

  • Icom Sized 128 memory channels (max) separated into 8 memory zones
  • Built-in 2-tone, 5-tone, CTCSS and DTCS capabilities
  • Kill/stun functions disable a lost or stolen radio over the air
  • 6 programmable buttons allow customized operation
  • Rugged construction, meets MIL 810F standard
  • 50W output power VHF, 45W output power UHF
  • Powerful, front-mounted speaker with 4W audio output
  • Lone worker function requires a response from the operator
  • Scanning setting is dependent on operating channel
  • Compatible with IC-F3021/F4021 series handheld radios
  • MDC 1200 compatible with the following built-in features
    • PTT ID (TX/RX)  Radio check (RX)
    • Radio Stun (RX)  Radio revive (RX)
    • Emergency TX/RX (NoACK)
    • 5 alias table (max)

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Smartphones Offering Innovative Compliance with Electronic Logging Device Requirements

New electronic time logging rules are coming into force in the USA for the trucking industry. As many Canadian vehicles cross the border, Canada is already forming similar mandates. The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) stated:
The U.S. is expected to put an ELD mandate at some point in 2016, while in Canada the Canadian Trucking Alliance…has been working with the Canadian government and the provinces to focus efforts leading to a similar proposal in Canada while meanwhile addressing all the technical issues with manufacturers and legislative officials with such a proposal. [1]
This requirement is expected to decrease citations for hours of service violations by 40-75%. [2] Electronic tracking is more accurate, more difficult to falsify, and records may be viewed immediately.
BC Trucking noted a 2006 Transport Canada report stating: [3]
• ELD technology was readily available;
• paper log falsification is relatively high;
• ELDs can contribute to road safety;
• ELDs represent an improvement over paper log books;
• privacy concerns can be managed; and
• ELDs will level the playing field.
However, there are fears that ELD may be expensive and difficult to implement.
As these changes are also occurring in the USA, mobile device app development has begun to tackle this problem. Recently the CTA cited an article from the Commercial Carrier Journal regarding Apps like BigRoad, which track and record driver’s hours and location. [4,5]
As most people already have mobile devices, this offers a neat and cost effective solution to meet the new requirements.

[1] http://cantruck.ca/elds-are-coming-to-a-truck-near-you/
[2] http://cantruck.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/EOBR-ELD-Cost-Benefit-Final_public.pdf
[3] http://www.bctrucking.com/node/11699
[4] http://cantruck.ca/smartphones-apps-utilized-for-low-cost-eld-compliance/
[5] http://www.ccjdigital.com/photo-gallery-low-cost-elds/?pid=2007

CB Radio: The Basics

Citizen’s Band (CB) radio has long been a source of information, enjoyment and connection. The band has expanded and changed over time, originating with 23 channels and growing to 40 in the late 1970’s.[1] Of late, CB has become less and less favored as people move toward alternative technologies including cell phones and other radios.

Public Resource

A CB may be less fashionable than an iPhone; however, it remains a valuable tool for the public. CB or General Radio Service (GRS) is “exempt from licensing. Radio Standards Specification 136 (RSS-136) prescribes the technical requirements applicable to radio apparatus operating in the GRS.” Thus, CB is far more accessible than other frequencies, which are closely regulated by Industry Canada and require licensing. As such, CB is a public communications resource, especially during emergencies. For those who often drive in areas out of cellular coverage, or who may require information regarding changing road conditions- CB’s offer a back up system.[2] Further, in situations of emergency, ‘channel 9’ remains a place where people can communicate dire situations and obtain assistance.[3]

Basic and Valuable Skills

CB radio requires basic radio communications skills that are valuable as general knowledge. Just as it is beneficial to know CPR, or how to fix a flat tire, it is also beneficial to understand the basics of radio communication. Examples include the phonetic alphabet and procedure codes. Most people have vague knowledge of these facets of radio from the movies (10-4 sound familiar?). However, it can  be valuable and interesting to have this information on hand.

The phonetic alphabet is as follows: [4]

A Alfa

B Bravo

C Charlie

D Delta

E Echo

F Foxtrot

G Golf

H Hotel

I India

J Juliett

K Kilo

L Lima

M Mike

N November

O Oscar

P Papa

Q Quebec

R Romeo

S Sierra

T Tango

U Uniform

V Victor

W Whiskey

X X-ray

Y Yankee

Z Zulu

Procedure Codes are as follows:[5]

10-1 Receiving poorly.

10-2 Receiving well.

10-3 Stop transmitting.

10-4 OK, message received (acknowledgment).

10-5 Relay message.

10-6 Busy, please standby (unless urgent).

10-7 Out of service, leaving air.

10-8 In service, subject to call.

10-9 Repeat message.

10-10 Transmission completed, standing by.

10-11 Talking too quickly.

10-12 Visitors (non-CBers) present.

10-13 Advise weather and road conditions.

10-16 Make pick-up at . . .

10-17 Urgent business.

10-18 Anything for us? (Any assignment?)

10-19 Nothing for you, return to base or station.

10-20 My location is . . .

10-21 Call by telephone or get in touch (but not by radio).

10-22 Report in person to . . .

10-23 Standby.

10-24 Completed last assignment.

10-25 Can you contact . . .

10-26 Disregard last message.

10-27 I am moving to channel . . .

10-28 Identify your station.

10-29 Time is up for contact.

10-30 Does not conform to Industry Canada rules.

10-32 I will give you a radio check.

10-33 EMERGENCY at this station.

10-34 Trouble at this station, help needed.

10-35 Confidential information which cannot be discussed on radio.

10-36 Correct time is . . .

10-37 Wrecker needed at . . .

10-38 Ambulance needed at . . .

10-39 Your message delivered.

10-41 Moving to another channel. Please tune to channel . . .

10-42 Traffic accident at . . .

10-43 Traffic tie-up at . . .

10-44 I have a message for you . . .

10-45 All units within range, please report (or identify).

10-46 Assist motorist.

10-50 Break channel.

10-60 What is the next message number?

10-62 Unable to copy, use telephone.

10-63 Network directed to . . .

10-64 Network clear.

10-65 Awaiting next message (or assignment).

10-67 All units comply.

10-70 Fire at . . .

10-71 Proceed with transmission in sequence.

10-73 Speed trap at . . .

10-75 You are causing interference.

10-77 Negative contact.

10-81 Reserve hotel room at . . .

10-82 Reserve room for . . .

10-84 My telephone number is . . .

10-85 My address is . . .

10-89 Radio repairman needed at . . .

10-90 I have TVI (television interference).

10-91 Talk closer to microphone.

10-92 Your transmission is out of adjustment.

10-93 Check my frequency on this channel.

10-94 Please give me a long count.

10-95 Transmit dead carrier for 5 seconds.

10-99 Mission completed, all units secure.

10-100 Time out for rest room.

10-200 Police needed at . . .

Meeting New People

Finally, CB radios offer the possibility of communicating with people who aren’t on your Facebook. Hobbyists have long appreciated the ability to ‘meet’ people in this way. In our world of apps and efficiency it has quickly become forgotten that communications devices are supposed to increase communications, not hamper them.

Summary

CB still has a place in this world. It provides safety, requires basic and useful knowledge and generates connections between people.

 

 

[1] https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/vwapj/ric18-issue4-oct08.pdf/$FILE/ric18-issue4-oct08.pdf

[2] https://www.cobra.com/news/using-cb-radio-emergency-communication-it-can-still-save-your-life

[3] Ibid, note 1.

[4] Ibid, note 1.

[5] Ibid, note 1.

Kamloops Crime Rash: Protecting Assets


There has been a rash of burglaries and break-ins over the last few months in Kamloops. The spree seems to have started in late April, when 12 local businesses were targeted.[1] Most people have suffered some property loss due to theft. However, when it becomes more than a sporadic event, people and businesses are forced to contemplate ways to take action to protect valuables. At Walco, we are eager to tell people about new technologies that may help.

Vehicles and equipment are very attractive for criminals. Such items have inherent value and can be used by the criminals or sold. In this way, equipment is much like the notoriously preferred cellular phone.  Historically, cellular phones have been a favorite of criminals due to their difficultly to trace, inherent value, and the ease in which they are taken. To combat this problem, more and more cellular devices are coming equipped with tracking applications. This trend is branching into other areas. Thus, similar to the ‘find my iPhone’ feature, Spot has come out with a device called the ‘Trace’.

This device is a GPS tracker which is installed on the vehicle or equipment. A membership allows for satellite tracking of the asset. In other words, the asset can be traced even outside of cellular coverage. Interface with the device is easy, allowing for emails or text messages when the asset moves (including Google Map tracking). Updates are customizable for 2.5, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minutes. Settings are configured through the Spot website.

Installation is easy and quickly explained in this tongue and cheek video from Spot.

Specifications include: [2]

  • Size:  2.02 in (5.13 cm) high, by  2.69 in (6.83 cm) wide, by .95 in (2.14 cm) thick;
  • Weight: 3.1 oz. (87.9 g);
  • Operating Parameters: -22 F to 140 F (-30 C to 60 C), 328 ft. to 21,320 ft. (-100 m to 6,500 m);
  • Vibration Rated: per SAE J1455;
  • Waterproof rated: IPX7 (1 m for up to 30 minutes).

We have heard of at least one major piece of equipment returned to the owner via use of the Spot Trace. Other customers have reported insurance deductions due to use of the Spot Trace on equipment. At Walco, we would be happy to discuss whether this device is right for you!

 

 

[1] http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/kamloops-businesses-blitzed-by-burglars/

[2] http://www.bloomberg.com/article/2013-11-14/a2QGwaevwFL0.html